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  • Women's Genetic Counseling

  • Led by Chanika Phornphutkul, MD, our team of genetic specialists provides a comprehensive evaluation for individuals and family members at risk of hereditary cancer syndromes.

    We provide genetic testing, cancer screening, counseling and management options.

    A genetics evaluation can help an individual determine whether she has inherited an increased risk for cancer.  Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary.

    Women should consider a genetics evaluation if they meet any of the following criteria:

    • Personal history of cancer, such as breast or colon cancer, under the age of 50
    • Two or more first-degree relatives on the same side of the family who have been diagnosed with cancer
    • More than one primary cancer (such as two primary breast cancers, or primary colon cancer and primary stomach cancer)
    • More than one type of cancer
    • A rare type of cancer
    • Triple negative breast cancer before age 60
    • A known genetic mutation in a cancer susceptibility gene in the family
    • Ashkenazi Jewish descent (Eastern European Jewish)

     Our team’s genetics evaluation includes:

    • Providing a risk assessment based on personal and family history
    • Discussing genetic testing options
    • Review of cancer screening and management options
    • Counseling on hereditary cancer syndromes